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  	 MANILA, PHILIPPINES - JUNE 29: Filipino Muslims bury their dead following this morning's roadside bombing which ripped through a marketplace in Datu Saudi Ampatuan on June 29, 2009 in Maguindanao, Southern Philippines. Three Filipinos were killed and around 14 injured in the blast, which the Military is blaming on the Muslim rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), however, MILF deny any involvement. Maguindanao province, 960km south of Manila, has seen ongoing fighting between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Muslim rebels and Philippine military troops since August 2008 when the rebels launched a series of attacks across several villages, killing almost 300 people but displacing over half a million more in the initial attacks and fighting which has followed. The MILF Muslim separatist rebel group are fighting for an independent Islamic state in the southern Philippines. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - JUNE 29: Filipino Muslims bury their dead following this morning's roadside bombing which ripped through a marketplace in Datu Saudi Ampatuan on June 29, 2009 in Maguindanao, Southern Philippines. Three Filipinos were killed and around 14 injured in the blast, which the Military is blaming on the Muslim rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), however, MILF deny any involvement. Maguindanao province, 960km south of Manila, has seen ongoing fighting between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Muslim rebels and Philippine military troops since August 2008 when the rebels launched a series of attacks across several villages, killing almost 300 people but displacing over half a million more in the initial attacks and fighting which has followed. The MILF Muslim separatist rebel group are fighting for an independent Islamic state in the southern Philippines. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)

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UN Food Distribution Reaches Displaced Filipino CommunitiesDATU BLAH SINSUAT, PHILIPPINES – JUNE 30: Filipino Muslim children evacuees look as volunteers unload sacks of rice to for them on June 30, 2009 in the coastal township of Datu Blah Sinsuat in the southern Philippine province of Maguindanao, 960km south of Manila. UN officers from the World Food Programme distributes food and relief to people displaced in the ongoing fighting between Philippine troops and Muslim separatist rebels. The province has seen ongoing fighting between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Muslim rebels and Philippine military troops since August 2008 when the rebels launched a series of attacks across several villages, killing almost 300 people but displacing over half a million more in the initial attacks and fighting which has followed. The MILF Muslim separatist rebel group are fighting for an independent Islamic state in the southern Philippines. The World Food Programme (WFP) has supplied over 11,200MT of emergency food aid to Displaced people (IDPs) in the 127 official camps since August 2009, but some of it is being sold to illegal traders. Others do not live in official camps and so have to rely on subsistence of handouts. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)

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  	 Rising Oil Prices & Over-Fishing Threaten The Philippines Tuna Industry

GENERAL SANTOS, PHILIPPINES - JULY 04: A fish porter is seen carrying fresh tuna in the tuna producing area of General Santos City on July 4, 2009 in the Philippines. The Philippines is a globally important tuna producing area, ranked 7th in the world and with an annual value of PHP6 billion, a large portion of the PHP50 billion made annually by the country's fishing industry as a whole. However, the effects of rising oil prices, the global financial crisis, global warming and over-fishing are all contributing to daily catch volumes reducing. Filipino officials are pushing for policies to emulate those brought in by the European Union to stop such over-fishing, reducing quotas allowed. The tuna fishing industry supports around 75,000 jobs locally, and exports to countries including the USA, Japan and Europe. (Photo by Jeoffrey Maitem/Getty Images)

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By Jeoffrey Maitem
Mindanao Bureau
Last updated 11:18am (Mla time) 09/18/2007

 

KORONADAL CITY, Philippines — Two tremors jolted several areas of Mindanao on Monday night and early morning Tuesday but no damages were reported, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

Reports from Phivolcs said that the first quake, which had a magnitude of 5.4 hit 105 kilometers off General Santos City around 10:32 p.m. Monday.

It was felt as far as Davao City, according to Phivolcs.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said in its website that it also monitored the quake but no tsunami alert had been issued.

Phivolcs said by 12:38 a.m. Tuesday, a second tremor measuring a magnitude of 3.1 jolted Butuan City and many areas of Agusan del Norte.

Phivolcs said the second quake was tectonic in origin.


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By Edwin Fernandez, Jeoffrey Maitem
Inquirer
Last updated 02:34am (Mla time) 09/22/2007

 

COTABATO CITY—The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will receive most of the $190 million peace and development assistance pledged by the US government, a ranking US Embassy official said.

“What is interesting about this is that it was a grant, it’s not a loan, it’s a grant from the American people and it is focused on developing the business and economy of Mindanao,” Paul W. Jones, US Embassy deputy chief of mission, told the Inquirer by phone on Thursday.

He said about 60 percent of the assistance would go to the ARMM, which is composed of the poverty-stricken provinces of Maguindanao, Sulu, Basilan, Tawi-tawi, Lanao del Sur and Shariff Kabunsuan.

“What we see in Mindanao is tremendous opportunity and potentials for prosperity and for peace. Mindanao is an untapped region in terms of developing its own potentials and we frankly would like to see that potential realized,” he said.

President Macapagal-Arroyo and US Ambassador Kristie Kenney signed on Wednesday the new Mindanao Peace and Development Agreement, which seeks to develop infrastructure and expand economic opportunities in war-torn areas of the island.

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the government agency Mindanao Economic Development Council (Medco) will oversee the implementation of the programs under the MPAD Agreement.

When asked whether this has anything to do with the reported plan of the United States to establish military bases in Mindanao, Jones said: “Let me be very clear, there are no US bases in the Philippines and we have no intention, no interest in having American bases in the Philippines.”

The reports surfaced amid the continued deployment of US troops in Mindanao, including Sulu, Basilan and North Cotabato.

“What we have is a partnership for the 21st century that focuses on developing prosperity for our people because we believe it is the best way to secure peace,” he said.

Jones said that “building American bases would not be the best way to secure peace in Mindanao.”

“So we don’t want to have a base, we don’t have a base, we don’t have (any) intention of developing a base,” he said.


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By Jeoffrey Maitem
Mindanao Bureau
Last updated 11:18am (Mla time) 09/18/2007

 

KORONADAL CITY, Philippines — Two tremors jolted several areas of Mindanao on Monday night and early morning Tuesday but no damages were reported, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

Reports from Phivolcs said that the first quake, which had a magnitude of 5.4 hit 105 kilometers off General Santos City around 10:32 p.m. Monday.

It was felt as far as Davao City, according to Phivolcs.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said in its website that it also monitored the quake but no tsunami alert had been issued.

Phivolcs said by 12:38 a.m. Tuesday, a second tremor measuring a magnitude of 3.1 jolted Butuan City and many areas of Agusan del Norte.

Phivolcs said the second quake was tectonic in origin.


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By Jeoffrey Maitem
Mindanao Bureau
Last updated 04:18pm (Mla time) 09/05/2007

 

PARANG, Shariff Kabunsuan — The British government has earmarked some $49,000 for the training of Marawi City policemen in a bid to turn them into model law enforcers, Chief Superintendent Joel Goltiao, chief of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) police, said on Wednesday.

Goltiao told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that aside from training the Marawi police force on crime documentation and community policing, the British government would also construct a new police station there.

“This is big help for our cops. Once completed, we will make the police force there as our model in the entire region,” Goltiao said.

Marawi City will be the second recipient of the British-assisted project that aims to standardize systems and procedures; technical and equipment capabilities and physical infrastructure of police stations nationwide.

The Marikina City police had also received the same assistance from the British government.

($1=P46.78, as of September 4)

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